A limekiln was excavated on the rocky slope that descends gently north toward Budrus (Fig. 1). Settlement strata of the Iron Age, Hellenistic and Byzantine periods were exposed in an earlier excavation to the north (HA-ESI 120).


A bedrock terrace was utilized in the construction of the kiln (diam. 3.40 m, depth 2.00 m), whereby the lower part of the installation was hewn and the upper part was constructed from fieldstones (Fig. 2). A cave opening that functioned as a flue was exposed in the lower part of the kiln. The southern side of the kiln was lined with small stones and its upper northern side consisted of medium-sized fieldstone construction that was set on bedrock, probably for the purpose of supporting the ceiling. The installation was filled with gray kiln debris, white lime and burnt limestone. No datable finds were recovered from the excavation.